Corporate Travel Chronicles – June 2019

01 Jul 2019

Monthly News Highlights for South African Business Travellers

Welcome to Corporate Travel Chronicles, your monthly news round-up bought to you by Club Travel Corporate. This news in brief summary is designed to help you, the travelling professional, navigate the thrilling and fluid world of business and corporate travel. By bringing you the latest developments impacting South African business travellers, it is our intent to keep you in touch with the most important stories in recent weeks delivered in an easy-to-digest, bite-sized format.

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Corporate Travel Chronicles keeps you on the pulse of industry updates, airline anecdotes, travel advisories among a pick of the most important stories in recent weeks.

For July 2019 we bring in to focus:

BOLT FOR BUSINESS LAUNCHES IN SA

Bolt, the ride-hailing app formerly known as Taxify, has brought Bolt for Business to South Africa. The platform aims to save corporates and SMEs time and money. Bolt for Business helps businesses manage and pay for corporate trips via a single interface administered by an internally approved account manager. Companies can assign a monthly budget to individual employees and the settings are customisable in terms of the allowances and number of trips employees can redeem, as well as the locations and times the service is made available to staff. Companies can settle their accounts via a monthly bank transfer.

2019 WORLD AIRLINE AWARDS RESULTS

This year’s Skytrax World Airline Awards was dominated by carriers from Asia and the Middle East with Qatar Airways, Japan’s ANA and Singapore Airlines taking the top three spots. There was an absence of African and US carriers in the global top 10, and just one European airline (Lufthansa) featured. South African Airways ranked 46 out of 100 international airlines, dropping one spot from 45th place in 2018. SAA fared better on a regional level, where it was voted second-best airline in Africa for 2019. Ethiopian Airlines and Air Mauritius took the first and third places respectively. SAA was recognised for having the best airline staff, best airline cabin cleanliness and best cabin crew in Africa.

POLL REVEALS PASSENGERS’ DISTRUST IN BOEING 737 MAX

In a recent Twitter poll by British travel journalist and broadcaster Simon Calder, 55% of more than 1000 responses answered “No” in response to the question: “When the [Boeing] MAX gets the all clear would you be happy to fly it?” The Boeing 737 Max 8 has been the centre of controversy since it was involved in two separate tragedies, most recently Ethiopian Airlines flight 302. The investigation into Ethiopian 302 is ongoing but initial findings point to malfunctions in the aircraft’s anti-stall (MCAS) system. Boeing has come under fire for the malfunction and many airlines who operate the 737 MAX aircraft have grounded the planes until further notice.

KULULA PERMITS USE OF MOBILE PHONES IN-FLIGHT

Kulula has announced that mobile phone usage is now allowed during all phases of flight. Devices that are permitted to remain powered in-flight include tablets, e-readers, smartphones and small devices such as MP3 players, electronic toys and smartwatches. Smartphones must be in flight mode and passengers should not use their devices during the onboard safety briefing. Prior to the new policy, passengers were required to turn off and stow all electronic devices during taxi, take-off and landing.

CLUB TRAVEL TAKES TOP HONOURS AT WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS

On 1 June, Club Travel attended the 26th World Travel Awards gala evening at the Sugar Beach Resort in Mauritius. Club Travel was ecstatic to take home the award for ‘South Africa’s Leading Travel Agency 2019’ for the sixth consecutive year. Club Travel also collected the award for ‘Africa’s Leading Travel Agency 2019’. The World Travel Awards is considered the Oscars of the global travel and tourism industry and exists to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the travel industry.

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